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Lots of hair, but there’s a lot of dog in there, too

Sheepdogs and Cattle Dogs (except Swiss Cattle Dogs)

Original Name : Berger de Brie, Briard

Type : Lupoid

Male size : 24½-26 ¾ inches

Female size : 22-25 ¼ inches

Degree of grooming :

Countries of origin : France


Briards are hardy, supple, muscular and well proportioned. Never timid or aggressive, these well balanced, active, alert dogs are very dynamic, never sluggish or awkward.After staying out of the limelight for most of the 1990’s, worldwide demand for Briards has since risen to unprecedented levels and the breed is now the most widespread French sheepdog there is. Briards have found a home in many families as companion and guard dog.


Strong and long with a stop midway between the occiput and the tip of the nose. It is covered with hair, forming a beard and mustache, and a little over the eyes.



Must be longer than it is tall.



All solid colors are permitted, except white tints, brown and acajou. Two tones are not permitted.



Set high, not plastered against the head and rather short if left natural.



The full tail is very bushy, forming a hook at the tip. It is carried low, without deviation, extending to the hock or even a couple of inches farther.



The hair can be described as flexuous. It is long and dry (like goat hair), with a light undercoat.


The breed was officially recognized at the end of the 18th century, as a result of the desire to distinguish it from its short-haired cousin the Beauce Sheep Dog.It actually only got its current name in 1809, in a comprehensive agriculture course authored by Abbot Rozier.It was bred and selected for its herding and guarding aptitudes, but it was also used by the French army during the two world wars to accompany sentries and ambulance crews looking for wounded soldiers. The fawn variety was more widespread for decades, until the black variety came along. Gray and blue varieties are also now found. Confusingly, puppies born gray actually turn blue, while the gray variety is born black.

Did you know ?

Briards belong to one of the few breeds with double dewclaws on their hind feet. They should be formed of two bony parts, with nails, as close as possible to the sole, to ensure the foot is correctly positioned on the ground.


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